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Tour de Lyme Used Bike Collection for Bikes for Kids



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The Lyme Land Conservation Trust announced it is pleased to again host used bike drop offs for Bikes for Kids, Old Saybrook, CT.  Volunteers from Gowrie Group will be on hand to collect used bikes from Tour de Lyme riders at our annual cycling event on May 17, 2015, at Ashlawn Farm on Bill Hill Rd in Lyme.

Drop offs can also be made by area residents at Reynolds Subaru, Route 156, Lyme, from May 11 to May 23, 2015.  Home pick-ups are also possible by calling 860-388-2453.

Bikes for Kids is a charity organization that collects, refurbishes and distributes bikes primarily to kids of CT families in need.  All bikes are distributed with new cycling helmets.

Bikes for Kids since its founding in 1989 has collected, refurbished and distributed 17,000 bikes to kids of families primarily in the inner cities of New Haven, New London, Middletown and Hartford.  Bikes for Kids efforts extend beyond CT and include deliveries to Bell Harbor, New York, Haiti and 30 mountain bikes to Tanzania.

John Pritchard, President of the Lyme Land Trust the organizer of the Tour de Lyme, said “Bikes for Kids is one of our area’s outstanding outreach organizations.  We’re delighted again to serve as a host site for bike drop offs.”

David Fowler, President of Bikes for Kids, and a former science teacher in Old Lyme’s Middle School, indicated we put people on wheels who would either be walking or not really going anywhere at all.  “Last year we delivered almost 1,300 bikes and with the help of the Tour de Lyme collected 100.  We hope to deliver and collect more this year.”

The motivating factor of Bikes for Kids’ Founder was “every kid needs a bike”.

For Early Bird home pick-up contact: Dave Fowler, 860-388-2453 or davefowler05@gmail.com

Or Area Resident Drop offs can be made from May 11 to May 23, by going to:
Reynolds Subaru on Route 156 in Lyme.

For additional information on the Tour de Lyme go to www.tourdelyme.org; for Bikes for Kids,  www.Bikes-for-Kids.net .

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